Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Creepy Casket - Flying Unicorn October KOM

This month's Off-The-Page project from the Flying Unicorn Your Passion Your Art Main Kit is sure to please Halloween lovers - and it's a two-fer! First up is an 11.5" long wooden coffin, and inside you will find a mask and feathers ready for you to customize.

Today I'm sharing my creepy casket, whose occupant is climbing back out of the grave to celebrate Halloween.

I covered the casket with Authentique Spirited papers from the Flying Unicorn Store, and also used them to fashion my skeleton's top hat.

A riot of Petaloo blooms top the casket lid, along with some sparkly sprays.

The Flying Unicorn Adornment heart is heat embossed to give it some colour while allowing the details to shine through.

A couple of gold teeth and a gold cane topper thanks to the Krylon Gold Leafing pen. (The staff for his walking stick is a cake pop stick painted black and white).

I love the lacy black details on the Authentique papers!

A closeup of the flowers, metal and resin, in Halloween colours, of course!

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you haven't already, scoop up your Flying Unicorn Your Passion, Your Art kits while you can! If you missed out, or if you want to ensure you never miss out again, be sure to check out our pre-order option - you order the kits and/or add-ons on a month-to-month basis as it suits you, and are guaranteed a kit on reveal day.

Supplies Used

From the Kit and Add-Ons:

- Darice casket

From My Stash:

- Authentique Spirited: Suspicious x 2, Conjure, Foundation Two
- Shimmerz Dazzlerz: Licorice Stick
- Tattered Angels Paint System: Weathered Pine
- Petaloo Botanica Blooms: Lavender/Purple
- Petaloo Textured Elements: Burlap Blossoms - Black, Mixed Textured Blossoms - Moss Green
- Petaloo Botanica Minis: Lavender/Purple
- Prima flowers: Lady Godivas - Orange Ice
- Prima Vintage Vanity Metals

Monday, September 29, 2014

Flying Unicorn October Your Passion Your Art Reveal


It's here .. like Christmas morning Our October Kit of the Month is now available! Jam Packed with yummy goodies our kit will let you explore your creativity and creating those perfect memories. So withour further adieu Flying Unicorn proudly presents Your Passion, Your Art - October 2014 Kit of the Month


Our main kit is never complete without an off the page project to get you creatively thinking outside the page! Our off the page is spooktacular with a wood coffin and a masquerade mask. Enjoy the boo-tiful creations from the Flying Unicorn team.


From the beginner to the avid mixed media artist our Mixed Art add on kit will surely please you. Our Mixed Art kit will always come with a canvas and this month we have included an 8x10 black canvas ready for you to get your mojo going. Oh and an extra special wooden paint palette has been included for you to use or alter with paints Flying Unicorn Adornments and mists galore.

Flowers, chipboard, and vines oh my! Our Mixed Passion is a collection of everything pretty to add to the Main kit or the add on kits. The colors and embellishments will enhance your Kit of the month creations or it can stand alone and you can create something magical! So turn the music up order that pizza for the family and lock your self away while you create some pure yumminess.


Our Small Art Big Passion is all about the love of making cards, tags atc's and anything in between.From Stamps, flowers, paper and embellishments in between the yummy goodies included will enhance any of the kits or stand alone .


We are thrilled to present great tutorials, techniques, videos and Build a Page using our September Kit of the Month to help you grow in the passion of your art. So stay tuned there is so much more to come in the next week!

Kits and Add On Kits are limited so do not delay in getting yours!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Build A Page Tutorial - Flying Unicorn September KOM

I'm hosting the Build-A-Page Tutorial on the Flying Unicorn Forums for September, and this month I'm doing Build-A-Project using the off-the-page project included in the September KOM, a paper mache dress form.

I used papers from the Studio 75 Miss Olivia collection, both the 12 x 12 papers from the main kit and the 6 x 6 papers from the Small Art, Big Passion Add-On. For the top of the dress form, I cut the paper into 8" long strips of varying widths - 2 x 2" for the front and back panels, 2 x 1.5" strips for the sides and 4 x 1" for each of the "corners" (between the front/back panels and the side panels) and . I adhered them to the dress form using gel medium, both underneath and on top of the paper.

To provide contouring, I cut little notches into the paper, allowing me to shape it to the dress form.

Here is a closeup of the upper part of the bodice - I cut a circle for the top of the neck and a band to wrap around it. I love the detail the overlapping pieces created on the bodice. (I adhered the front and back panels first, followed by the sides, followed by the corners to achieve this effect).

Next I set to work on my base, using 2 of the 6x6 woodgrain papers from Miss Olivia (the ones that match the paper I'm using as a base for my photographs). I started by cutting a large circle (5" in diameter), then sliced it up like a pie to get 16 triangular pieces I wrapped around the base, adhering with gel medium.

I then used narrow 1/2" strips of the woodgrain paper, cut along the grain pattern, and adhered these up the stand.

Once the dress form was completely covered in pattern paper, I applied a thick layer of clear crackle medium and let it air dry.

As the crackle medium dries it shrinks, which will pull the paper apart a bit; this just contributes to the weathered look. Note - if I were going to stop here I would apply a coat of something to hold the crackles in place, otherwise they might flake off over time. However, since I was planning on glazing it I didn't worry - the glaze will hold everything together.

See the gorgeous crackles?

To provide an age-darkened look, I first sprayed the base with Shimmerz in Treasured Hymn and Truffle, then painted over it with Creative Medium combined with Honey Amber Primary Elements for a multi-faceted brown finish.

For the bodice, I wanted to create a rich green veneer, which I achieved by spritzing with Shimmerz Olive Branch and then combining Creative Medium with Primary Elements in Mustard Green and Autumn Butternut. In the photo below you can see the difference between the painted portion on the right and the unpainted portion on the left.

Because Primary Elements mixed with the Creative Medium is semi-translucent, you can still see the details of the patterned paper underneath.

Some of the definition I'd created with the layers of paper had been lost beneath the layers of medium, so I outlined them with Liquid Pearls to keep the panelled effect.

Here is a closeup of the bodice:

Time for a few finishing touches - some layered Flying Unicorn Adornments at her throat,

And some Petaloo flowers and Flying Unicorn Adornments at the base.

And voila! Here she is:

And a side view:

Wow, you stuck with it all the way through - that was a long one! Thank you so much for joining me today - I hope you've picked up a couple tricks or techniques you find useful.

Remember to join us on the Flying Unicorn Forums throughout each month to see what the Creative Team (as well as our amazing members) have whipped up with that month's kit. And if you don't want to be disappointed on kit reveal day, remember that you can pre-order your kit and add-ons on a month-by-month basis, so you are guaranteed to get the kit and add-ons you love, without the commitment of having to buy every month.

Supplies Used:

- Darice Paper Mache Dress Form (Main Kit)
- Studio 75 Miss Olivia 12 x 12 paper - Olivia 1 (Main Kit)
- Studio 75 Miss Olivia 6 x 6 paper - Olivia 2 - 2 sheets (Small Art, Big Passion Add-On)
- Shimmerz Spritz: Truffle, Treasured Hymn, Olive Branch
- Dreaming In Color Primary Elements: Mustard Green, Autumn Butternut, Honey Amber
- Flying Unicorn Adornments (Mixed Passion Add-On)